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Our wisdom this world has bereft
A tag in the Fasciculus morum regarding how war and famine overthrew Rome — four lines translating a Latin interpretation of an inscription
Subjects: sermons, verse in; Rome, example of; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 159vb
Transcription:
Owr wysdam þe worlde haþ vs by rafte
pes of lond ye lost and lafte
þe kyngdom of rome ys for lore
With swerde hunger & fyr þerfore
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 38v
Transcription:
Our wysdam þis world has by raft
Pees of lond is lost & laft
The kyngdome of Rome be for lore
With swerd hunge & ffyr þerfore
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 55
Transcription:
Oure wisdam þis world hathe by raviþ
Pes of lond is lost and last
Þe kyndome of rome beþe for lore
With swerd houngure and fire þerfore
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 68v
Transcription:
[Oure] wysdam þis world haþ byraft
Pes of londe is loste and lafte
Þe kyndam of Rome betȝ for lore
With swerd hongur and fuyre þer-fore
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 169.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 47
Transcription:
Oure wysdom þis world ous has be refte
pes of londe is lost kyndom of rome is for lorne
wyth swerd hunger & fyre þer fro
Note: Three non-rhyming lines.
6.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 82v
Transcription:
Owre wisdom this world hathe by raft
Pes of Londe is lost and last
The kyngdom of rome schal be for lore
Wyth swerde houngure and fyure therfor
7.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 187ra
Transcription:
Oure vuysdom þis world haþ by raft
Pes of londe ys lost and last
Þe kyngdom of al rome schal be for lore
Wyþ swerde hongure and sure þerfore
8.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 73
Transcription:
Wysdame the warlde has reft
Pece of contre is lost
the kyndome of rome is for lorde
With swerd hungre & fyre þerfore
Note: Written as prose.
9.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 188va
Transcription:
Oure wisd[om] þis world hat byraft
peis of londe is lost & laft
þe kyngdum of rome schal for lore
wit swerd hunger & fuyr þer fore
Note: Written as prose.
10.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 41